Friday, April 21, 2017

Ron Teasdale - Poplar's Circuit

From Velobangogent. 17 year old Ron Teasdale throwing his MAC 350cc Velocette into a huge broadside at the Poplar's Circuit.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Buddy Elmore

Buddy Elmore. Damn I love those pipes. A long time Triumph rider, Elmore's 1966 Daytona 200 win was the inspiration for the Triumph Daytona model.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Terrace Drive-In Albuquerque

Terrace Drive-In Albuquerque, NM. There is zero physical evidence I may have been smuggled into this theater in the trunk of a car as a little kid. Good times. The theater was located on Central Ave East of Wyoming Blvd. Grand opening October 18th, 1951.
The same spot was once home to the legendary Hell's Half Acre 1/2 mile dirt track as well. Last I checked the Southern end of Hell's Half Acre was still visible via Google Earth.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Seattle Supercross 2017

-=SPOILER ALERT=- Seattle toyed with the idea of turning the Supercross track into a quagmire all week. 500 truck loads of dirt and 6,000 man hours went into the track. With some creative tarping on an incredible scale and a little mercy from mother nature on race day the tack was actually dry!
I always wanted to go to a Supercross race as a kid. For some reason Bob Hannah wasn't racing last night.
 With concerns about weather the pits were moved indoor this year. The teams were really shoehorned in and it was CROWDED. I was hoping to get Justin Barcia's autograph (he's one of the few major current riders I am missing). This is the closest I came.
Vaughn is always excited to check out Ryan Dungey's digs. The 25 bike of Marvin Musquin actually went on to win. Going into the race Ryan Dungey and John Tomac were only 4 points apart in the championship race. Incredibly they ended up tied and will both be running a red plate at the next race in two weeks!

The Legends and Hero's display did not have the space to set up there traveling museum trailer but they were represented. The 1980 Yamaha YZ125 below actually belongs to Lyle Lovett who is a huge vintage MX fan.
This Monark was built by local Monark authority Mike Budschat and belongs to Scott Wallenberg.
I was a little bummed to hear Roger DeCoster had been roaming around the Legends and Heros area earlier in the day and I missed him. So much to do at these events...

I got to hang with my entire family at the race, even my big kids who live near the stadium. Thanks to my wife for getting front row tickets. All in all it was a pretty fantastic day!

Bluebirds MC - 1938

This is the "Bluebirds Motorcycle Club," which roared up and down the streets of White Center, Burien and all around the Northwest for years. The Eyers family photo was taken in front of a Gilmore Gas service station just north of the Triangle Tavern at Roxbury and 16th Avenue in White Center.

According to lifelong resident Chuck Eyers, the Bluebirds were nicknamed the "Gunnysacks," as an inside joke in deference to the larger, more organized Seattle "Cossacks" motorcycle stunt and drill team also founded in 1938.

The group, which included Chuck Eyers' father and mother Charlie and Ella Eyers (second from right,) rode their matching Harley-Davidsons to rallies on the coast and attended meets around the state through much of the 1930s. Ray Swanberg (3rd from the right) owned the Mobil service station just across the street from this location.

Does anyone recognize the three gentlemen on the left side of this photo?

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Super Ken

Gentlemen, we can rebuild him.
After a total of 10 surgeries Ken Roczen is actually now making some track appearances. What a heartbreaking season ending injury. He was on a hell of a roll. Can't wait to see you back out there Ken.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Wedge

These guys followed Flathead Rob home a while ago. The cyclist is pushing hard in the draft.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Unobtainable

I think everyone vintage motorcycle guy has a mental list of the motorcycles he wishes he could own but but probably never will. This one is #1 for me. Given their scarcity the pre-war T100's don't bring crazy money. Comparable bikes, like Velocettes of the same vintage are double the price. Many of the bikes in my top 10 (Crocker, HD JD, Vincent, Crocker Indian Scout) WAY WAY more expensive. Maybe one day I'll trade everything I own for one. I honest think they might be the most beautiful production motorcycles every built.
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